A light and creamy lime Margarita filling is nestled into a buttery Ritz cracker crust, then frozen. This (almost) No Bake Margarita Pie with Ritz Cracker Crust is truly an easy treat that will help you keep your cool even when the temperatures are at full on sizzle. And since it is virtually no bake (sans a quick toasting of the crust in the oven) you can rest assured your kitchen will keep its cool too.
I know. . .I know. . . long time no see, right?. But I have a good excuse, I really do. My life has been a chaotic mess and that’s probably stating it nicely. Now I know what you’re probably thinking. . .“Come on Lynn, it really can’t be that bad.” Mmmm. . .well I can say that it most certainly has not been peachy. And I can’t help but feel that I am being punished for something that I haven’t quite figured out yet.
You see. . .once I returned from my Utah owl snuggle fest, everything seemed to spiral out of control. Actually, now that I think about it, the spiral started before I even returned back from Utah.
Things started to take a turn for the not-so-fabulous when I was trying to come to terms with the 100 degree plus heat that is “so very Utah in the summer”. My body, being the rebellious little troublemaker that it is, was none too pleased and decided to protest by slamming me with a severe case of the flu. This included uncontrollable chills in said 100 degree weather (is that even seem possible?), 3 days worth of fevers that left me feeling like I had somehow managed to sleep walk my way straight into a carnival dunking booth and sleep-fests that would give Rip Van Winkle a run for his money. This then transitioned into a full on bout of bronchitis. . .which seems to be my body’s choice of grand finales every time it decides it needs a little break from its boring, healthy self.
As I was dragging myself out of bed every morning, leaving my lungs lying about in random locations around my apartment, my little Bengal kitty had decided that his nearly nineteen years on this planet was enough. He passed away in my arms from intestinal lymphoma which had spread to his liver. It was devastating as I barely remembered the time I moved through life without him. Yes, the two of us were truly two peas in a pod.
Just as I was about to snap back into reality & realize that I was now just one lonely pea in a pod and my chief snuggling officer was gone for good, my canine companion became very ill and decided to follow her brother’s lead and cross over the rainbow bridge. So yeah. . .I lost two of my beloved furry kiddos in the matter of a week in a half. . .all while trying to shake off a case of bronchitis that was driving me into the ground.
And if that weren’t enough, the Mr and I received word that the construction on our house was (FINALLY) complete and we should drop everything and call up the Gentle Giants to truck all of our belongings across the bridge and into our very own place. So between hourly sob-fests, I was tasked with scrounging up every box I could get my grubby, little hands on and tossing (gently, of course) each and every one of our possessions (minus the one furry kiddo we had left) into these cardboard vessels.
It’s been a lot. Probably more than I hope ever will be thrown my way at once again. So to practice avoidance (my favorite past time, it seems) and to distract myself from every bit of my life, I managed to sneak in some one-on-one bake time. This almost No Bake Margarita Pie with Ritz Cracker Crust is an end result of that. Okay. . .I realize I said it was “no bake” and you do have to zap the crust in the oven ever so briefly. . .but it still falls within the baking category in my world.
And since summer is coming to a close, I thought it was time I strapped on my big girl pants, ventured back into a “normal” adult world and share this cool beauty with you on this very space.
This No Bake Margarita Pie starts with one of the easiest pie crusts you will every make. It’s simply thrown together with broken up bits of buttery Ritz crackers which add a nice salty compliment to the lime-y margarita filing, if I do say so myself. Besides what’s a margarita without salt, right?
Did I mention that you break up the crackers with your fingers? No fancy equipment needed for this pie crust. As a matter of fact, I think this would be a great way to get the kiddos involved in pulling this tasty treat together.
Speaking of kiddos, I loaded this pie up with tequila for a nice boozy kick. If you wanted to keep it strictly G so that the little kiddos can enjoy a piece or two, you could skip the tequila altogether because the tart and creamy lime filling in this No Bake Margarita Pie is enough to make the taste buds thank you over and over again. For the big kiddos (like my hubby) you might want to give it a couple of extra splashes of tequila.
To top this pie with some fancy pants accessories, I piped some homemade whipped cream on top in the shape of the cutest little mountain peaks. If you are short on time, you could just use some store bought whipped cream and artistically slather it on top of the pie. Or, you could keep the pie naked and skip the whipped cream all together. Because. . .hey. . .the filling is glorious enough to stand on its own.
Well, I’m heading off to Crossfit class (my other distraction) where I surely will be getting my boo-TAY handed to me on a silver platter.
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- 31 Ritz crackers
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 3 tsp triple sec
- 1 tbsp lime zest
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place rack in the center of the oven & preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the crackers in a large bowl & crush them into random size pieces with your hands. Be sure to leave several big pieces.
Stir in butter & sugar.
Pour the crumbs into a 9-inch ungreased pie dish.
Press crumbs evenly into the bottom & up the sides of the pie dish.
Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
In a small mixing bowl, beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream until stiff with an electric mixer.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the condensed milk, lime juice, tequila & triple sec.
Gently fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture until blended. Do not beat or whisk.
Pour the filling into the prepared crust
Pipe or spread whipped cream on top (recipe follows).
Freeze for at least 4 hours, but ideally overnight
This pie is best cut when frozen & allowed to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Once frozen, transfer the pie to a container with a tight fitting lid or wrap to prevent freezer burn.
Beat heavy cream & sugar together in a mixer until stiff peaks form.
Beat in vanilla.
Spread or pipe the whipped cream on top of the cooled pie.
Top with additional lime zest if desired.
Total time does not include cool time. Allot at least 4 hours of chilling in the freezer.